BOOK REVIEW: 'The Blackbirds' by Eric Jerome Dickey

You and your girls are birds of a feather. While you happily sing each other's praises, you would never open your beak to spill their secrets. Then again, as in the new book "The Blackbirds" by Eric Jerome Dickey, you ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'We Love You, Charlie Freeman' by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Anything is worth a try. Give it a whirl, you have nothing to lose. Then again — as in the new book "We Love You, Charlie Freeman” by Kaitlyn Greenidge — the experiment might go horribly awry.

BOOK REVIEW: 'My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me' by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair

You have heard the stories. Great-Grandpa made hooch in the basement during Prohibition. Grandma was arrested for protesting back in the '60s. Your great-grandma once chased a man off with a gun. You cherish those rebel-rousing ancestors of yours — ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World' by Baz Dreisinger

You do the crime, you do the time. But what if the crime doesn't match the punishment?

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Quickest Kid in Clarksville' by Pat Zietlow Miller, Illustrated by Frank Morrison

You are the best kid … at something. You can run the fastest. You can jump the highest. You're the best skipper, the best hopper, or the best dancer. But what if there was somebody better than you?

BOOK REVIEW: 'Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison' by Shaka Senghor

You can't judge a book by its cover. Even so, we do it all the time: we see someone's outside and think we know what's inside. We base it on his looks, or his youthful indiscretions — things, as in ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Soul Serenade' by Rashod Ollison

Vinyl is coming back — but for people like Rashod Ollison in "Soul Serenade," it never really left.

BOOK REVIEW: 'How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide' by Jane Bryant Quinn

What will you do when you can finally do what you want?

BOOK REVIEW: 'Before I Forget' by B. Smith & Dan Gasby with Michael Shnayerson, foreword by Rudolph Tanzi, PhD

Forgetting your glasses, losing your keys, it really bothers you because you're not sure if it's a normal part of aging or something else. And in the new book "Before I Forget" by B. Smith and Dan Gasby with Michael ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping' by Lucy Maddox

Your neighbors said they'd keep an eye on your house for you this summer. They would bring the mail in, and grab the newspaper while you were on vacation. They would do everything for you — and, as in the ...

Free Books Program Looks to Close Literacy Gap

Young children in Washington can now receive a free book every month through "Books From Birth," an early literacy program co-sponsored by the District of Columbia Public Library that will mail books to children up to age 5 in an ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth' by Karen Branan

Most of your family has long forgotten the secrets those skeletons represented, while the ones who haven't forgotten have made sure they're not discussed. And it might stay that way forever unless there's a journalist in the family.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Year of Yes' by Shonda Rhimes

Some days, you feel like you're in a 10-foot-deep rut. In the book "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes, you'll see how to get out.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Best Friends Forever' by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Friendship, as you know, is never one-sided. It's give-and-take, and that includes "Best Friends Forever."